Away with words

The telegraph, an online news service, has teamed up with Saga, which provides products and services only for the over 50s, to hold a new competition to find the best travel writer. Three lucky winners will win a master class with two top Telegraph travel writers before travelling the world with Saga on one of three holidays of great comfort and pleasure. To enter, all you need to do is tell us something mysterious and wonderful about the world of travel—a favorite memory, a humorous tale, an unforgettable occasion or a sight worth writing about.

What we are looking for

You must be able to read not only those signs that help you find your way around but the ones that tell you how the locals tick. You must, in the words of Paul Theroux, an American travel writer, “descibe exactly what you see and give it life with your imgaination”.

In this competition, you can do that in anything from 150 words to 500, but they should be your words, and fresh ones. We do expect you not to hide the truth or the facts about your experience. Beyond that, you can make the most of the freedom travel writing gives you.

You’ll be editor as well as writer, so ensure those eyes are equally fresh when you check and recheck what you’ve written. We will make allowances for the occasional mistake, such as you have “fell” into a river. But we won’t put up with mistakes every few lines.

Terms & conditions

Competitors must be aged 50 years or older.

The judging process is divided into two stages: entries will be hosted on the website for one month. The top 20 articles will then be selected by public vote. The top three winners will be chosen by three judges.

The closing date for entries is August 15.

1.What does the prize for winners include?

A. a chance to learn from excellent writers.

B. the publication of their works.

C. three wonderful holidays.

D. an opportunity to work in the Telegraph.

2.Who will select the final winners?

A. the public. B. Paul Theroux

C. two top Telegraph travel writers D. three chosen judges.

3.What type of writing is this text ?

A. . A nessay B. A travel guide

C. A writing guide D. An announcement


Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes-By Louis Sachar

Twelve-year-old Gary Boone knows he was born to be a comedian. He never stops joking, regardless of the fact that nobody laughs much and his classmates think he is stupid. Therefore he had no real friends at school. Due to being laughed at by his classmates, Gary Boone thought winning the school talent show would be his dream of proving himself to be a real comedian, but on the big night his dream went wrong with funny results.

Winners Never Quit-By Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm, American soccer champion, tells a true-to-life inspiring story of learning that winning and losing aren't as important as being part of a team. More than anyone, soccer superstar Mia Hamm knows the value of teamwork. She shares this lesson, paired with energetic pictures by Carol Thompson, and this story is perfect for soccer kids and their soccer moms.

Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage-By Alfred Lansing

The astonishing adventure of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time t magazine put it, "defined heroism". To write the authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others. The book has a first-hand account, expanded with maps and illustrations especially for this edition.

The Alchemist-By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, continues to change the lives of its readers forever. It tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andulusian shepherd-boy(牧童) who desires to travel in search of treasure. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts and above all, following our dreams.

1.From Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, we know the main character .

A. is a writer for Time magazine

B. is a survival of one polar exploration

C. has left a lot of diaries and accounts

D. has formed a close friendship with Alfred Lansing

2.If you want to know more about teamwork, you can read .

A. Dogs Don't Tell Jokes B. Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

C. Winners Never Quit D. The Alchemist

3.What do we know about The Alchemist?

A. It has an everlasting influence on its readers

B. It gives people magical power over their dreams

C. It tells a story of how to find treasures

D. It is mainly about the wisdom of listening to others

Since we are social beings, the quality of our lives depends in large measure on our interpersonal relationships. One strength of the human conditions is our possibility to give and receive support from one another under stressful(有压力的) conditions. Social support makes up of the exchange of resources among people based on their interpersonal ties. Those of us with strong support systems appear better able to deal with major life changes and daily problems. People with strong social ties live longer and have better health than those without such ties. Studies over types of illnesses, from depression to heart disease, show that the presence of social support helps people defend themselves against illness, and the absence of such support makes poor health more likely.

Social support cushions stress in a number of ways. First, friends, relatives and co-workers may let us know that they value us. Our self-respect is strengthened when we feel accepted by others in spite of our faults and difficulties. Second, other people often provide us with informational support. They help us to define and understand our problems and find solutions to them. Third,we typically find social companionship supportive. Taking part in free-time activities with others helps us to meet our social needs while at the same time distracting(转移注意力) us from our worries and troubles. Finally,other people may give us instrumental support — money aid, material resources, and needed services — that reduces stress by helping us resolve and deal with our problems.

1.interpersonal relationships are important because they can ________.

A. make people live more easily

B. smooth away daily problems

C. deal with life changes

D. cure types of illnesses

2.The researches show that people’s physical and mental health ________.

A. lies in the social medical care systems which support them

B. has much to do with the amount of support they get from others

C. depends on their ability to deal with daily worries and troubles

D. is related to their courage for dealing with major life changes

3.Which of the following is closest in meaning to the underlined word “cushions” ?

A. Takes place of. B. Makes up of.

C. Lessens the effect of. D. Gets rid of.

4.Helping a sick neighbor with some repair work in spare time is an example of ________.

A. instrumental support

B. informational support

C. social companionship

D. the strengthening of self-respect

On Dec.13, 2014, Nubia Wilson turned 16. But instead of _________ with an exciting Sweet 16 birthday party, the California teen devoted this milestone to ________the lives of orphans in Ethiopia.

Through several summers of volunteer work at an Ethiopia orphanage, Nubia learned firsthand the severe poverty so many children _______. In an email to The Huffington Post, Nubia said that she was _______ struck by the children’s lack of access to _______ — their school only went through the fourth grade.

Over the course of her volunteer work, Nubia became interested in one ________, Hermela. She writes:

Out of the many students in the kindergarten class, Hermela became __________ and attached to me to a point where it was becoming __________ for both of us to leave each other. She is now in the second grade. The thought of Hermela not being able to have her meal and ________ education after the fourth grade became ________ and I knew I had to do something.

That’s when Nubia decided that she didn’t want a traditional Sweet 16.________, she wanted to use the money her parents would have spent on a party to establish _______grade class for Hermela and other kids.

“The money could provide a(n) ________ solution that will serve for many years compared to the one-day ________ of my party,”Nubia wrote to Huffpost Live. In short, I want Hermela to continue _____________.”

After telling friends and family her _____, Nubia set up a(n) ________ page “Keep Hermela Smiling” on CrowdRise. Her ________ will raise funds for the Fregenet Foundation, which funds education and community services in Ethiopia.

So far, Nubia has _________ $2,781 of her $10,000 goal. Nubia says that her parents have been extremely ________; they’re selling most of their Ethiopian artifacts to help raise funds.

Nubia’s birthday may not have been a party, but it’s truly a celebration.

1.A. communciating B. celebrating C. competing D. compromising

2.A. experiencing B. enjoying C. rescuing D. improving

3.A. concern B. discuss C. face D. describe

4.A. hopefully B. slightly C. particularly D. quietly

5.A. exploration B. education C. experimemt D. entertainment

6.A. teacher B. doctor C. student D. parent

7.A. close B. mean C. funny D. polite

8.A. difficult B. strange C. possible D. boring

9.A. provide B. leave C. receive D. finish

10.A. unimaginable B. unimportant C. unnecessary D. uncomfortable

11.A. Besides B. Instead C. Therefore D. However

12.A. sixth B. fifth C. fourth D. third

13.A. early B. technical C. simple D. lasting

14.A. relief B. pleasure C. honor D. trouble

15.A. yelling B. smiling C. talking D. crying

16.A. belief B. need C. secret D. plan

17.A. question B. devotion C. donation D. appreciation

18.A. story B. school C. campaign D. family

19.A. earned B. borrowed C. raised D. lent

20.A. effective B. supportive C. creative D. sensitive

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